Falls from the Sky
The seventeenth century traveller, Peter Mundy, writes of his visit to Weymouth in 1635.
"When I came over to Weymouth side, I found there on the grass a multitude of small coulord shell snailes, ½ as bigg as pease. The people report they dropp out of the Ayre, findeing them on their hatts as they walke the fields. The like is reported of the raineing of small froggs in the Isle of Jersy (where I had formerly bene)."
Around the same time, this unusual storm of gastropods fell on Portland where they were subsequently eaten by the grazing sheep. It was later said the consumption of shells gave the Portland mutton extra flavour!